Shriram

Shriram
Senior Feature Writer

Shriram Iyengar belongs to the not-so-rare species of neuroses cinemanesis. A hassled Mumbaikar, he spends his mornings doing chores while singing Gulzar-RD Burman numbers. He claims a particular expertise in the 'Filmy Maa' species, the experiences of which he extensively documents on his social media pages. His penchant for Govinda hits is as notorious as his delirium of being a Shakespearean actor. When drunk, he can be spotted spouting poetry and his unabated love for Kalki Koechlin on empty streets. If seen, please drop him off at the nearest railway station.
Editorial Team

Articles by Shriram

Article Tamil

Initially planned Vada Chennai as a web-series, reveals Vetrimaaran

During his conversation at the International Film Festival of Kerala, the filmmaker revealed that the 2018 film was initially planned as a web-series, but plans changed after producer Dhanush expressed some doubts.

1 day ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Hindi

We are accepted in our country only after being recognized at foreign film festivals: Anamika Haksar at IFFK

Speaking at Meet The Press segment of the International Film Festival of Kerala, the director of Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Jaa Riya Hoon admitted that it was more important to her that Indians connect with her film. 

1 day ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Urojahaj review: Buddhadeb Dasgupta's beautiful fable captures the political dangers of a dream

A film of new imagery and style, Urojahaj is heavy with subtext of artistic freedom, individuality, and political oppression. 

1 day ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Tamil

The subaltern groups have to be represented: Vetrimaaran at IFFK

In his conversation, the Vada Chennai (2018) director emphasized the need to produce different narratives to challenge existing social structures through cinema.

1 day ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Iranian Malayalam

Centre played games over Majid Majidi's film: Bina Paul on denial of censor exemption to Muhammad biopic

The Iranian filmmaker's epic Muhammad: The Messenger Of God, could not be screened at the festival after it was denied censorship exemption certificate. Majidi is also chairperson of the jury for international films at the festival.

2 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Marathi

Politicians are using common people's faith for building agendas: Umesh Kulkarni at IFFK 2018

The National award winning director of Vaalu (2008) was in conversation with film critic and writer CS Venkiteswaran at the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala.

2 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Ma.Ama review: This beautiful mourning is a deeply honest and personal portrait

Dominic Megam Sangma dives deep into his own family's tragedy, fears, and flaws and comes out with a beautiful film about people and their memories. 

2 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Review 2

Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Jaa Riya Hoon review: A surreal collection of fantasy, gritty realism, and bitter truth

Anamika Haksar's debut as director breaks the narrative form and perception of life in Delhi as we have seen it in Hindi cinema. 

3 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Iranian

Good films should reach the audience: Majid Majidi at IFFK 2018

The acclaimed Iranian filmmaker was speaking at the ‘In Conversation’ session at the week-long film festival.

3 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Hindi Iranian

I tried my best, but it was not so successful at the box office: Majid Majidi on Beyond The Clouds

The Iranian filmmaker spoke about the average success of his maiden Indian venture earlier this year and his experience of working with AR Rahman.

3 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Hindi

Kavi Pradeep, our national poet – Death anniversary special

On his 20th death anniversary, we remember the poet who instilled a sense of nationalism during times of great struggle. Kavi Pradeep understood the pulse of Indians like few others did. It earned him the immortal appellation of 'national poet' from prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

3 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Hindi Urdu

The role of Urdu and poetry in Dilip Kumar's methodical craft of acting – Birthday special

Dilip Kumar's brilliant presence on screen owed a great deal to his constant education in literature, poetry, and the Urdu and Hindi languages. On his 96th birthday, we take a glimpse at the role these played in the flowering of arguably India's greatest actor.

3 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Iranian

Those who ban films have not seen the films: Majid Majidi comes down on film bans at IFFK

Ironically, the filmmaker's own Muhammad: The Messenger Of God could not be screened later in the evening.

4 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Bengali

Pupa is a reflection of our generation, we do not know what we want: Director Indrasis Acharya

On the sidelines of the ongoing Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival 2018, the director speaks on the theme, music, and philosophy of his film.

4 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Bengali

If you extend reality, you discover the magic of the unreal: Buddhadeb Dasgupta at IFFK

Speaking with director Kamal K M at the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala, the acclaimed filmmaker touched upon the images in his stories, his love for art, and his inspirations.

4 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

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A Suitable Girl review: Poignant reminder of the spectre of patriarchy that looms over everywoman

Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra delve into the lives of three young women going through the trial of leaving their parents and struggling through a culture that makes marriage the goal of a woman's life.

4 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Hindi

Rise of feminism is not a man vs woman fight: Nandita Das at IFFK Day 2

Manto (2018) director Nandita Das spoke to critic Meena T Pillai about the rise of the Women in Cinema Collective, the need for creative marketing, and the role of art.

5 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Hindi

Just because you give the woman a gun does not make it woman-centric: Rasika Dugal on the nuances of Mirzapur's women

Actress Rasika Dugal speaks about the ambition and difference of playing the woman in charge in the adrenalin-driven Mirzapur, choosing roles with a difference, and her first song.

5 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Hindi

If cinema was not a powerful medium, there wouldn't be bans or censorship: Nandita Das at IFFK 2018

The Manto (2018) director was the guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony of the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala. 

6 days ago — Shriram Iyengar

Article Malayalam

Art is a means to sustain humanity, says Pinarayi Vijayan at inauguration of 23rd IFFK

The Kerala chief minister praised the festival as a 'testament to the solidarity of cinema lovers' across the state. 

7 days ago — Shriram Iyengar